Having sensitive teeth is one of the most uncomfortable things to live with. It affects what you eat and even how easily you can breathe in through your mouth. Tooth sensitivity can seem like an ongoing and annoying battle.
Here are four common reasons teeth become sensitive and the best ways you can cope:
If you live in an area that experiences some extreme weather changes, then it may be difficult for your teeth to keep up with the change. It’s not unusual for certain teeth to become inexplicably more sensitive in frosty winter months.
What You Can Do: Try incorporating a sensitivity toothpaste into your routine. These pastes contain potassium nitrate which helps block open sensitive pores in tooth enamel.
Acidic foods erode teeth’s protective enamel layer, making them much more sensitive.
What You Can Do: Limit the amount of acid in your diet. Rinse your mouth well before brushing. Chew a sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow, which neutralizes acids.
Dental plaque is very acidic. A heavy build-up of plaque and tartar will cause gum inflammation and recession. When gums recede, more sensitivity-prone surfaces of the teeth are exposed.
What You Can Do: Schedule routine dental cleanings. Floss daily and brush with a soft toothbrush. Use a sensitivity toothpaste and work extra fluoride into your routine.
A tooth may be sensitive because of decay, fracture, or nerve damage.
What You Can Do: Visit your dentist for an exam and x-rays to find out which treatment is right for you. Whatever the cause, your dentist will help you figure it out!
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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